Energy firm Cuadrilla, which suspended fracking in Lancashire after several tremors in August, is hoping to convince the Government the practice is safe. Cuadrilla has said it is working to address those concerns and hoped the prospective Bowland gas resource could be further appraised and developed. Both the Government and Cuadrilla continue to say natural gas will play an important role in providing energy for the UK for decades to come.
BAILIFFS were accused of carrying out the “inhumane” eviction of an anti-fracking protest camp in Lancashire on Tuesday.
Activists at New Hope camp in Preston New Road claimed they were “dragged from their beds half-naked” on the coldest night of the year.
The camp’s residents said they were given “no warning” before the eviction at 6am by employees of private bailiff company Able Enforcements, the Lancashire Constabulary and local demolition firm Pete Marquis.
The anti-fracking campaign, Frack Free Lancashire, has criticised yesterday’s eviction of a protest camp near Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site.
The group accused the enforcement company of aggression and of making false statements about camp residents.
The eviction, which began at 6.30am, involved 30 security staff and reportedly nearly 50 police officers.
A team of more than 30 officers from Able Enforcements – bailiffs, security guards and dog handlers – joined with Specialist Group International, specialists in removing protestors from trees, to execute the eviction at daybreak. Not forgeting 46 Police Officers!!
Shale gas exploration firm Cuadrilla has said it has finished flow testing the second well drilled at its Preston New Road site. The drilling rig that was at Preston New Road to create the wells. Most equipment used for fracking has now been removed from the site following the Government’s moratorium on future fracking
The Bamber Bridge based firm said the results yielded the highest quality sampled gas so far from the Lancashire Bowland shale.
The next UK government must stop supporting overseas fracking operations, a coalition of organisations demanded today.
Earlier this month, the UK government declared a moratorium on fracking in England because of concerns about earth tremors.
But freedom of information requests revealed that the government was also using trade and diplomatic channels and funding from UK Export Finance to help companies, such as BP and Shell, which want to frack in the Vaca Muerta in Argentina, the world’s second largest shale gas reserve.
In 2017, UK Export Finance set up a £1bn export credit support fund for Argentina.
Earlier this year, Mark Menzies, the UK trade envoy to Latin America, had a meeting with the Argentine energy secretary on UK investment in Argentina. The briefing notes for the meeting said “it is Argentina’s huge shale resources that offer the greatest potential”. They also mentioned agreement “on the scale of opportunities in the energy sector, especially in Vaca Muerta, where only 4% of resources are being exploited”.
Maria Alberdi, of the Argentina Solidarity Campaign, an independent campaign against extractivism in Latin America, said:
“It is hugely hypocritical of the UK government to deem fracking unsafe for their population but happily support fracking in Argentina. Fracking has already had significant impact on the environment, health, and regional economies of communities in north Patagonia. Oil and gas extraction in this region are also infringing indigenous rights. We say no to fracking, and no to UK companies benefiting from extractivism in Argentina”.
THE announcement of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been widely reported as a ban. It is no such thing. A moratorium imposes only a temporary halt, as the Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom made clear.
She insists that shale gas remains a ‘huge opportunity’ for the UK. This seems bizarre as both the economic and environmental case for fracking appears holed below the water line.
The Conservatives have been accused of harbouring ambitions to resurrect the fracking industry if they win the general election.
A document, a response to a consultation on fracking, was published mere days after the government announced a ban on drilling on November 2. It reads that “future applications [for fracking] will be considered on their own merits,”
This is a temporary stop so be vigilant, ready to act if fracking starts again.